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Installing new front seats, April 2003


After 12 years of daily driving, the seats on my Renegade were getting tired. Foam had begun to break down, and the drivers'seat was very worn. It was time for new seats, and why not go all the way and install heated front seats?



Original Seats


New Seats

The first thing to do is remove the old seats. The directions say to unbolt the sliders. This is incorrect for a 1991 Wrangler. The nuts are welded to the seat risers, and are not standaed bolts, but T-40 Torx head bolts. Also, it would be impossible to get to the bolts becuase the seat is on top! So you have to unbolt the seat first, slide it all the way forward and remove the front bolts, then slide the seat all the way to the rear and undo the rear bolts from the back of the Jeep. It really helps to remove the rear seat first to provide access.

Sliders on seat risers, click for larger image

Once the seat is unbolted and removed, it is possible to unbolt the sliders. Each side is an individual piece, and when unbolted, the two sides and the handle make three pieces. The only thing holding the handle in place is the two sliders. Once a slider is removed, the handle will fall out.

Seats removed, click for larger image View from rear, click for larger image

You really don't have to remove the sliders at all, but I did as this was a good chance to clean them up and re-grease. The new seats simply sit on top of the sliders, so if you removed the sliders, replace them and set the seats on top. Use the new bolts for the slider to seat and reuse the old bolts for the slider to riser. The instructions say to tighten everything to 21 ft-lbs., so get out the torque wrench.

New seats installed

Wiring heated seats

The seats come with a wiring harness that would only require the installer to connect a power wire and ground the seats. This is functional, and complete, however I didn't think it would be wonderful to have the switch on the seat itself when I had modified my dashboard to accept switches for this type of accesseory. I already had run a hot wire from my custom electrical/fuse box that resides under the hood to an accessory fuse block under the dash. It was a simple matter to modify my dashboard addition to use the switched provided in the kit, 7.5 amp fuses in the accessory fuse box and hide the wires to the seats. Make sure you leave enough slack to allow the seats to move on the sliders. Once the wiring was complete, the seats warm up in about 2-3 minutes.

Custom accessory dashboard, click for larger image
 
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